As soon as the weather starts to turn toward spring, I find myself reaching for all the beach reads. Any fiction book set in a beach town or southern city and filled with a juicy storyline—I'm all over it. I've read a few of Elin Hilderbrand's books in the past, and they are always such an entertaining read.
The characters are real, with real struggles, but the plot keeps you on your toes. Working in the book business, I can usually guess how a book is going to end, and 8 out of 10 times I'm right. Not that case with The Rumor. I totally thought I knew how it was going to end, and Hilderbrand dodged me and went the other direction.
Nantucket writer Madeline King couldn't have picked a worse time to have writer's block. Her deadline is looming, her bills are piling up, and inspiration is in short supply. Madeline's best friend Grace, is hard at work transforming her garden into the envy of the island with the help of a ruggedly handsome landscape architect. Before she realizes it, Grace is on the verge of a decision that will irrevocably change her life. Could Grace's crisis be Madeline's salvation? As the gossip escalates, and the summer's explosive events come to a head, Grace and Madeline try desperately to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.
Madeline and Grace have a friendship I think we all try to create at some point, at least once, in our lives. It's the friendship that's as thick as sisterhood, and no one and nothing can break them apart. Except for maybe themselves.
The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax